Briefs: Local Religion November 01, 2008

Eckert Presbyterian Church having roast beef dinner

• The Eckert Presbyterian Church, 13025 Colorado Highway 65, will have its Best of Harvest Roast Beef dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 12. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Kids under age 6 are free. For information, call 835-3388.

Spiritual healing center to have guest speaker, musician

• The Two Rivers Center for Spiritual Healing will have guest speaker Sharon Conklin at 10 a.m. Nov. 9 at 3150 Lakeside Drive, No. 103. Conklin will present “How Do You Color Your Life?” Music will be provided by June Spear.

Canyon View Vineyard to have helping children events

• Canyon View Vineyard Church will host “Reaching Children in Crisis” at 6 p.m. Nov. 8 and at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Nov. 9. Approximately 15 organizations will provide information about adoption, foster care and orphan care. For information, call 424-0174.

Former Bush faith-based chief heads to job at Baylor

• WACO, Texas — Jay Hein, former director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, is joining Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion.
Hein will hold the posts of distinguished senior fellow and director of the Program for Faith and Service, the school announced.
As deputy assistant to President Bush, Hein directed the faith-based office from August 2006 until September 2008. Among his many other previous positions, he worked as a policy director for the State of Wisconsin, helping design and implement its welfare reforms.

Appeals court upholds prayer at commission meetings in Ga.

• ATLANTA — A federal appeals court has upheld a suburban Atlanta county’s practice of allowing clergy to open meetings with Christian prayers.
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals 2-1 ruling Tuesday allows Cobb County officials to open meetings of its Board of Commissioners and planning commission with the prayers.

Guns-for-cash church effort brings in 500 in a day

• NEW YORK — Five Harlem churches collected hundreds of weapons — in exchange for cash.
Rifles, handguns and shotguns were handed over Oct. 25 — no questions asked. Each person who brought a firearm was handed a $200 bank card.
By late in the day, more than 500 were collected.


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